Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

Soldiers guard an area where a mass grave was found in Colonia las Parotas on the outskirts of Iguala, in Guerrero State. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters.

Missing students were likely among charred corpses found in mass graves in southwest Mexico and local security officials are suspected of conspiring w(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan moved last year to scrap an Irish legal provision which was used by Apple to minimise its tax burden.

The OECD has set out far-reaching plans to eliminate aggressive tax avoidance by big multinationals, an initiative which is likely to prompt changes t(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today that Kiev ‘envisages that the new parliament after the parliamentary election in Ukraine will change the legislation on non-alliance status’. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nato secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today that Ukraine’s political leaders expected the Ukrainian parliament to abandon the country’s no(...)

A red beret photographs some blue berets attending the annual National Day of Commemoration Ceremony to honour all  Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A British army pensioner from Kildare attended his first National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin yesterday and thought it “immaculate”. Padd(...)

Massgoers leaving the Pro Cathedral in Dublin. “The institutional 
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church will have to heal the many wounds it has inflicted on so many people in the past,” Msgr Lane said.

The Catholic Church in Ireland might look to how Fianna Fáil has reinvented itself when considering its own future, a leading Dublin priest has said.M(...)

Taxing multinationals

For decades the 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate has remained a cornerstone of domestic economic policy. What began as a zero rate of tax on income fr(...)

Obama’s tax plan
  • World
  • August 1, 2013, 05:00

The critical importance of US multinationals to the Irish economy cannot be overstated. Some 700 American companies have located here and they contrib(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has hardened the Government’s criticism of the troika over its insistence on a €3.1 billion adjustment in Oct(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD: to meet members of the US congress to lobby for their support for new immigration legislation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore lands in Washington DC today to meet members of the US congress to lobby for their support for(...)